April 2017



April news  


27.04.17: Exhibition of landscape photographs by Fay Godwin now on display at Hammersmith Hospital

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Imperial Health Charity is pleased to announce a new display of works by the photographer, Fay Godwin, kindly on loan from the British Council Collection.

The exhibition at Hammersmith Hospital showcases twenty of Fay Godwin’s striking black and white images of the British countryside and feature many familiar places including Derwent Water in the Lake District, the White Cliffs of Dover and the coast of North Cornwall.

Alice Strickland, Art Curator at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “We’re tremendously privileged to be able to show Fay Godwin’s work at Hammersmith Hospital. These works beautifully illustrate her love of walking, which inspired her to pursue landscape photography”.

The daughter of a British diplomat and an American artist, she first became interested in photography when capturing her young children. In 1984, a collection of Godwin’s work, including those now on display at Hammersmith, began a world tour by the British Council. She was passionate about nature and was President of the Ramblers’ Association between 1987 and 1990.

In 2008, The British Library acquired Fay Godwin’s archive which included the entire contents of her studio. She also had the honour of being the subject of the South Bank Show’s first full-length documentary dedicated to a photographer. Her work can currently be seen in the exhibition Britain in Focus: A Photographic History at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. 

The photographs are on loan for 18 months and will tour the Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospitals. The art collection’s current exhibitions include a series of coastal etchings by Norman Ackroyd RA at Charing Cross hospital and prints by Sandra Blow RA at St Mary’s hospital. To find out more about the charity’s art collection, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/art-collections


21.04.17: Queen's Park mum abseiling hospital that saved her son 

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Joanne Ballecer will be abseiling St Mary’s Hospital on Wednesday for Imperial College Healthcare Charity in honour of her son, Kai, who has been treated there several times.

Kai was born there in 2010, after 36 hours of induced labour and an emergency caesarean.  The day after being discharged he was readmitted after losing too much weight.

“We were looked after in the paediatric ward, but we distinctly remember one doctor that helped us by being the only one that could take the blood from a 4 days old baby,” said Ballecer. “We remember him so well that 4 years later when Kai was in the paediatric emergency for a busted lip from a biking accident we recognised him straight away and were able to say thank you to him.”

Since then, Kai has been treated for pneumonia, and suspected diverticulitis and Joanne has nothing but praise for the hospital.  “We have seen them under immense pressure, with a lack of resources and they have always been professional and as helpful as they can be. The care I received in the delivery ward was outstanding.”

Although she’s always wanted to give something back, she confessed the idea of abseiling terrifies her. “It's my birthday month and I always try to do something that challenges me in the month. I saw the flyer for this and I have never abseiled, I am petrified of heights so thought this may be a good challenge; but it was the charity that convinced me that it was the right challenge for me.”

The More Smiles Appeal is run in partnership with COSMIC – the charity for the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital. The remainder of the £10 million redevelopment project of the unit is being jointly funded by the Trust and Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

There is a registration fee of £30 to participate in the abseil and a minimum fundraising target of £80. For more information and to sign up, visit the More Smiles Appeal website www.moresmiles.org.uk

Alternatively, contact Lauren Levy at the charity on 0203 312 5694, or email lauren.levy@imperial.nhs.uk


19.04.17 Albers Foundation talk on the role of art in hospitals to be held at St Mary's  


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Imperial College Healthcare Charity is delighted to welcome Nick Fox Weber, Director of the Albers Foundation, to give a talk at St Mary’s Hospital on Monday 24 April.

 Weber will be speaking about the beautiful and highly acclaimed work of Josef and Anni Albers and the difference that artwork can make in hospitals. Josef Albers’ signature series, the Homage to the Square will be the inspiration behind the ‘look and feel’ of the new children’s intensive care unit, the centre of the charity’s £2 million More Smiles Appeal. The imagery and colours used in Josef Albers works will be placed on the walls, floors, glazing panels and reception in the unit.

 Mando Watson, Consultant Paediatrician at St Mary’s, who helped organise the talk, said: “Josef Albers was very interested in the role of art in healing and health and the place of colour in healing and health. So to be able to tap into the knowledge of one of the 20th century’s great artists and pioneers of art to help us with the way that we’re going to make our hospital space look is a wonderful opportunity.”

 The charity is a keen advocate of art in hospitals and manages a collection of over 2000 art works at the five Trust hospitals. A 2014 survey carried out by the charity revealed that 69% of patients credited the art collection with making them feel more relaxed in the hospital environment.

Like the charity, the Albers Foundation believes in the importance of art and healthcare. In addition to preserving and promoting the enduring works and achievements of the Albers, they also support medical care in Senegal through their organisation, Le Korsa.

 “Given the nature of an intensive care unit where it can be quite frenetic, noisy and stressful, to have these very soothing images on the walls will be very helpful and special for the children and the families who sit at their bedsides for hours on end,” said Watson.

 The talk is the latest in a series of regular Grand Round events taking place in Trust hospitals.

It takes place on Monday 24 April from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Cockburn Lecture Theatre on the second floor of the QEQM Building at St Mary's Hospital. It’s open to all staff, patients and visitors. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by contacting the art team at art.collection@imperial.nhs.uk


18.04.17 Chocolate eggs donated to Children at St Mary's Hospital over easter 


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Children staying at St Mary’s Hospital during the weekend were treated to chocolate eggs thanks to the generosity of British Safety Council employees, who got in touch with Imperial College Healthcare Charity about making a difference over Easter.

 Staff rallied together and donated 130 chocolate eggs, enough for every patient in the children's department to enjoy over Easter.

 The Chiswick branch of Sainsbury’s donated additional eggs, which staff handed out over the weekend to the overjoyed children.

Matthew Stanier, Regional Account Manager at the British Safety Council said:

 "Even if it just makes the kids smile a little bit more on that one day they’re in hospital, that’s what we want to get out of it; to put a smile on each kid’s face."

"Some of our directors were born here, some of my colleagues’ children were born here, pretty much half of the office seem to have come from this hospital hence why we picked you guys and wanted to get involved."

"We were blown away by the response of some of the staff. People were going back to the shop, constantly trying to pile the eggs higher. Everyone got right behind it, it was amazing to see."


06.04.17 Pharmaceuticals team abseiling St Mary's Hospital in honour of colleague diagnosed with cancer


Sigma 2A team from a Watford pharmaceuticals company will be abseiling the 20 storeys of the QEQM building at St Mary’s Hospital in April to support cancer care in the Trust.

Coral Graves, Sonal Gohil, Jade So and Simone Elkerton all work at Sigma Pharmaceuticals, a family run company where one of the Directors, Manish Shah, was diagnosed with cancer in September last year. He was treated in St Mary’s, and underwent surgery in January before being given the all-clear in February.

 Coral Graves said: “He loved the care at St Mary’s, absolutely loved it and it was his idea that we should have it as our 2017 charity. He was always saying how well they’re looking after him, that he’s so lucky, everyone was just brilliant.”

 “He loved his trainer; I think she’s made a big impact. He was upset obviously and probably a bit depressed with what was going on but all the care made him feel good.”

 The team will be taking part in Imperial College Healthcare Charity’s abseil on 26 April to raise money for three departments, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and the Prepare Surgery team, and they plan to continue fundraising throughout the year.

 “We’ve got seven people confirmed for the skydive in September,” said Coral. “We’re slowly trying to get more people involved, knowing that they can actually do something.”

 “I last abseiled on a school trip when I was 11. Obviously that was a long time ago. We’re all quite pumped for that and looking forward to it. It’s the skydive we’re all wetting ourselves about.”

 “Manish is close to all of us at Sigma and we’re so grateful for everything that’s been done for him and that he’s back in one piece.”

 You can sponsor Coral via her JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CORAL-GRAVES1

The charity’s abseil is open to all and requires no previous experience. Read more and apply at http://www.imperialcharity.org.uk/fundraising-events/105-abseiling  or contact Lauren Levy at lauren.levy@imperial.nhs.uk or 020 3312 5694.


03.04.17 Hammersmith nurse cycling 800 miles to raise money for renal and transplant department 

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Claire Salter will be cycling from Budapest to Basel in aid of Imperial College Healthcare Charity which is raising money for the world renowned renal and transplant department at Hammersmith Hospital, where she works.

The 27-year-old Claire will be setting off from Budapest on April 15 with her friend, Lucy Plumridge, and cycle along the banks of the river Danube to Basel for the next 15 days, covering more than 50 miles each day. They’ll pass through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, carrying everything they need to eat and sleep with them.

Claire, a nurse in the hospital’s renal transplant unit, said: “This is definitely the biggest thing I’ve ever done. People think we’re mad for doing this. It’s going to be tonnes of fun, but really tough. The hardest aspect of the challenge will be the physical side above anything else, but to be honest, we’ll have little choice but to carry on going.”

Their 800 mile journey, named ‘Tour de Slum’ - a combination of the pair’s surnames – is along a stretch of the famous long-distance EuroVelo 6 cycle route from west to east, making it even harder as this involves a gradual ascent all the way to their finishing point. 

“Most people tackle the whole of the EuroVelo 6 route over eight weeks, starting in France and heading east,” said Claire. The way we’re doing it is unconventional, and unlike most cyclists, we won’t have a support team around us to carry gear and food. We’ll be loading up our bikes with two panniers, sleeping bags and a tent for the two of us, aiming for each of us to carry no more than around 15 kilograms of gear. We’re only bringing two sets of cycling gear, one we’ll wear and the other will be drying on the bikes somewhere.” 

So far, Claire and Lucy have raised £1,277 of their £3,000 target. To sponsor them and help them reach their goal, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tourdeslum. You can also follow their progress on Twitter and Instagram, @tourdeslum.





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